PROVIDENCE – As a result of a monthlong cell phone recycling drive held by Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Office of Attorney General, Verizon Wireless made a $2,500 HopeLine contribution to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide financial assistance to local nonprofit organizations focused on supporting victims of domestic violence.
“The simple act of donating an old cell phone can help a victim of domestic violence get emergency help and access to resources to end the cycle of violence. For someone in an abusive, controlling and violent relationship, a cell phone is much greater than a convenience, it is a lifeline,” said Kilmartin.
Kilmartin expressed appreciation for the staff for their support of the program, as well as the many law enforcement and community organizations in Newport County that participated in the cell phone drive. Several police departments, including Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth and Tiverton, as well as the security staff at Newport Grand, and employees of the Newport County Courthouse collected old cell phones throughout the year to support the initiative. In addition, many private citizens who heard about the drive also dropped off cell phones.
“The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence is committed to educating bystanders and will provide additional tools, resources and training in the months to come," said Deborah DeBare, executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“We are grateful to Rhode Island residents who continue to generously recycle phones through the HopeLine program,” added Christine Berberich, New England Region President for Verizon Wireless. “Donating a phone to HopeLine is an easy way to support organizations throughout the state, like the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, that help address this very serious issue.”
HopeLine® is a Verizon Wireless phone recycling program supporting domestic violence coalitions throughout the country. Wireless phones given to HopeLine are refurbished and sold for reuse, generating proceeds for the program. Refurbished phones – complete with 3,000 minutes of wireless service – are provided to local domestic violence organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. If donated phones are unsalvageable, they are recycled in an environmentally friendly way under a zero landfill policy.